Thailand is officially called the Kingdom of Thailand and was formerly known as Siam. It is located at the center of Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Burma.
Thailand has a prevalence of Buddhism that ranks among the highest in the world. According to the last census (2000) 94.6% of the total population are Buddhists. Muslims are the second largest religious group in Thailand at 4.6%. Christians represent only 0.5% of the population. Statistically, it appears that Christianity in Thailand may be growing at a slower rate than population growth.